Jamie Kennedy's favorite movie review site
Home Reviews  Articles  Release Dates Coming Soon  DVD  Top 20s Criticwatch  Search
Public Forums  Festival Coverage  Contests About 
"Punishment for animation-loving adults."
1 stars
Jay Seaver says... "There's a running gag in "Hell & Back", arguably the funniest thing in the movie, where a demon voiced by John Farley subjects souls to various mildly annoying situations (stopped escalators, a Pizza Hut/Taco Bell that has no pizza, etc.) and zings them with "welcome to Hell!" Naturally, I doubt that any of these "tortures" can come close to being the crew of stop-motion animators spending weeks on end moving plasticene models and changing their poses bit by bit to give this nearly witless film some illusion of life. Spending days moving a mouth up and down so that it syncs up with a bored-sounding Nick Swardson delivering a line that uses the word "fuck" like a comma must crush a soul like nothing else." (more)
"The Ich Factor"
2 stars
Charles Tatum says... "This uncomfortable look at the disintegration of a modern German family is full of malaise and Bergmanesque ruminations on isolation. Peel away the frou-frou, and what you are left with is the story of reprehensible characters who get everything they deserve." (more)
"Mostly-good thriller about mostly-true crime."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "It's often said, by those longing for a past golden age, that the movies were better decades ago when filmmakers had to deal with restrictions, whether imposed by the industry or communities - from pressure, the argument goes, diamonds are formed. There's some merit to this line of thinking, but watching it being applied in China can be a bit disheartening, as the Hong Kong filmmakers with a great legacy of gritty, uncompromising crime stories must deal with a government edict that Crime Does Not Pay to get access to that billion-person mainland audience. If "Saving Mr. Wu" weren't based upon actual events, it would probably be frustrating to watch, because it often seems to be built around dealing with a foregone conclusion as much as telling the story in the most exciting way possible." (more)
"Will Hunting On Mars"
5 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "Throughout his long career, filmmaker Ridley Scott has amassed a filmography that would be the envy of most of his contemporaries--directing "Alien" and "Blade Runner" alone would be enough to earn him a place in the pantheon and such films as "Thelma & Louise," "Gladiator," "Hannibal," "Black Hawk Down" and "American Gangster" were critical and commercial successes as well. In recent years, however, even his biggest fans would have to admit that, while prolific, his output has been somewhat erratic--"A Good Year" was an abysmal stab at whimsy, "Body of Lies" was a somewhat muddled look at contemporary international affairs, "Robin Hood" was a bleak and depressing take on the normally high-spirited legend, "Prometheus"--an semi-prequel to "Alien" that I personally loved--largely failed to live up to its overinflated expectations, "The Counsellor" was one of the dumbest movies in recent years ever made by an acclaimed filmmaker and "Exodus: Gods and Kings" was a lumbering Bible epic that failed to dazzle or inspire. And yet, as bad as those movies were at times, you never had the sense that you were in the hands of anything but a master filmmaker and that when he finally got a hold of the right material, he would once again dazzle audiences." (more)
"Worth the wait."
4 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "Ah, what a bracing slice of throwback nastiness is Eli Roth’s "The Green Inferno."" (more)
"Don't worry, 'Taken 3,' you aren't the worst sequel of 2015"
2 stars
Charles Tatum says... "The gang from the smash-hit is back, in a film that screams for more hotel and less Adam Sandler screenwriting." (more)
"Frog On A Wire"
4 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... ""The Walk" is a film that offers viewers a highly questionable first act, a second that, while technically proficient, has been done before and better and a third that provides some of the most spellbinding and audacious moments of pure visual storytelling in recent memory. In other words, your enjoyment of it will depend to a large extent on whether you think that the absolute triumph of its last 20 minutes or so are enough to make up for the occasional missteps of the first 100. To these eyes, they do but while it is all worth it in the end, the journey to get there is sometimes a bit rough and also requires viewers to deal with one of the more bizarre and occasionally off-putting performances to anchor a major motion picture that I can easily recall seeing." (more)
"You can often find something good in Hong Kong."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, and Dorothy Lamour made seven "Road to..." movies between 1940 and 1962, though this series was not sequels so much as a chance to make selling the audience similar plots on a regular basis a virtue beyond the proven chemistry. Xu Zheng is doing something similar with his "Lost in..." movies, although without the returning co-stars. So far, so good - "Lost in Hong Kong" is at least as funny as "Lost in Thailand", a pretty decent madcap farce." (more)
"Eye Witness"
3 stars
Charles Tatum says... "This Lifetime made-for-television film commits a huge blunder in its opening seconds." (more)
4 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "From its opening moments, "Sicario" makes no bones about its desire to be considered a Great Film--there is not a single aspect to it that does not carry the weight of import about it. Considering that most films these days barely even try to work their way up to the level of merely adequate and even then miss the mark more often than not, such upfront ambition is something worth considering. The trouble is that while it is undeniably a good film in most respects, it is nowhere near the instant classic that it is clearly straining to be in nearly every scene and the disconnect between its ambitions and ultimate achievements prove to be somewhat distracting after a while--maybe not enough to discourage possible viewers from seeing it but enough to potentially make some viewers wonder what all the fuss was about." (more)

  Older Features

Home Reviews  Articles  Release Dates Coming Soon  DVD  Top 20s Criticwatch  Search
Public Forums  Festival Coverage  Contests About 
Privacy Policy | | HBS Inc. |   
All data and site design copyright 1997-2014, HBS Entertainment, Inc.
Search for
reviews features movie title writer/director/cast